Manawatu has had a strong record against Wellington in provincial rugby. Wellington return to the Premiership this season after a bumper 2017, but Manawatu's high-paced style has caused them issues...
Brice Henderson is an all round loose forward who made his debut for Turbos in 2015 after a year in the wider squad. A tough ball carrier with a high work rate in the contact area Brice adds plenty of depth and ability to the Turbos pack.
The damaging ball-carrier returns home for the 2018 season. After coming through the grades in Manawatu, Thompson set off for Canterbury 2013. His consistent performances for the red and blacks saw him signed to the Crusaders in 2014. In 2016 he signed with the Highlanders where he has established himself as a mainstay of the southerners' backline. Thompson is brother of former Turbos first five-eighth Isaac Thompson.
Michael Alaalatoa joined the Manawatu Turbos in 2015 from the Waratahs. The beastly 136kg prop is solid at the set piece, and added some real grunt to the Turbos' front row. For an indication of the man's size, you only have to ask the Italians who dubbed him Jonah Lomu II Colosso.